NBA is one of the most progressive sports leagues in the world always trying to adapt and implement various ideas coming from the outside. According to reports, the NBA is planning to introduce coaching video review challenges in the upcoming summer league which will serve as a great test before introducing it in the 2019-20 season.
Byron Spruell who is serving as NBA Basketball Operations President said they are looking at this as a one-year pilot program.
“We anticipate this rule will be in effect in the NBA next season as a one-year pilot program.”
It’s stated that the coaches will only be able to challenge whistled fouls and the rule also allows challenges for goaltending, basketball interference and when the ball goes out of bounds. What is also important to understand is that the challenge must come immediately after the play but will not be permitted in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and the last two minutes of overtime. If the challenge called by the coaching staff is unsuccessful, the team will lose its timeout. If the challenge is accepted, no timeout will be charged.
“As with other replay reviews, in order to overturn the event as called on the floor, there must be clear and conclusive visual evidence that the call was incorrect.”
It’s worth noting the NBA has already experimented with this rule during the summer league last year and it obviously gave confidence it can actually present a good solution for the league moving forward.
The next step is the approval from the two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 team owners so they can implement the rule change for next season. That is expected to come at the NBA Board of Governors meeting on July 9.